School has started, kicking off a new semester of homework, group projects, field trips and sports. For some children and their families, though, these aspects of the school year bring outsized stress and struggle. Routine assignments beget hours of procrastination and redirection, collaboration turns into conflict with peers, permission slips lay crumpled at the bottom of the backpack and coaches wonder why so-and-so can’t keep his head in the game. Cue the concerned teacher emails. Is it ADHD?
So your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). While I'm sure there have been some frustrating times, understanding the diagnosis can be helpful. A thorough knowledge of the disorder can help you start the process to help your child work through it. Medication is only a part of helping a child with attention deficit disorder. There are steps you may take to help your child at home to provide a foundation for working through their obstacles in a way that medication cannot.